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A European Tour for "History of Popular Resistance in Palestine"

By Mazin Qumsiyeh

Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 11, 2014

A three day conference in Annemasse France has just concluded. It was inspiring to talk with so many active people who are looking for ways to help and build a better future for humanity and also for fellow living things on this small planet. I focused on the project of the Palestine Museum of Natural History especially our plans for conservation and empowerment of Palestinians and the work in the Jordan Valley. Together we felt empowered and strengthened. 

This was also my first visit to France after the publication of my book in French on history of Popular Resistance - Une histoire populaire de la resistance Palestinienne

( ).

On Sunday morning I attended church services in Saint Benoit des Nations church. Sitting there so far away from home and in the quiet moments during the service, I missed home And I felt at peace. I reflected how lucky and happy I am. I did accomplish a lot in my life from writing several books, contributing to scientific knowledge, training students, teaching at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities, previously being on the faculty of Duke and Yale Universities among others, starting clinical cytogenetics laboratories including in the difficult circumstances under occupation, and now embarking on the ambitious project of building a museum of natural history in Bethlehem. But working and helping young people is still the most fulfilling part of all.

In my youth I had hoped and expected people to help me and my projects and my ideas. Wiser now, I merely want to do my best for others and only hope that people to live up to their own conscience and to feel comfortable in their own skin. I do not like apathy but I do not see it my role to guide people as to where they should direct their energies (hopefully they do it in positive directions).

Another area of reflection was that I now see more positives in ALL people. Even those who oppress us, I only wish them enlightenment and positive life. I feel privileged to meet and work with so many positive energetic people like those at the conference in Annemasse (Dusa, Suhair Farraj, Gadi Algazi, Moncef Chahed, Nisrin AbuAmara, imen Habib, Marie-Paule Michel, Serge Godey,Maurice Button etc)
On the way to Europe, we Palestinians have to go through Jordan because we are not allowed to use the only open airport in our country (Lod Airport, renamed to Ben Gurion Airport). This is one of thousands of apartheid/discriminatory practices against us native Palestinians by the colonizers.

Any way at Amman airport, I stopped by and bought some gifts from the nature store (to benefit the society of conservation of Nature in Jordan). One of the items was a small jar of Apricot Jam made by the people of the village of Dana (living in the vicinity of the beautiful Dana Nature Reserve).

Well, the Frankfort airport security decided to confiscate this small bottle of jam. Even teh officer who did this told me these are ridiculous regulations they have to follow. In this era of genocide (as in Gaza, in Syria, in Iraq), this is the US/Israeli legacy of creating paranoia about "terrorism" (as long as you do not include state terrorism). It makes Western people remain subservient to the dictates of those making billions: keep the people afraid and keep them subservient to governments which themselves are subservient to powerful Zionist lobbies.
But we can and must challenge repression. I found it refreshing talking to fellow passengers and citizens of many countries that they know what is the game and that they are willing to act. As I said in many of my talks the Chinese have a long history and proverbs that are very good to remember for example “better light a candle than curse the darkness”, “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand".
I now go on to Geneva then to Oslo then back to Palestine. But I already miss the homeland so much.


Article and photo expose of our museum in the premier environmental magazine in Palestine.  For those who read Arabic (for others you can look at the pictures from our nascent museum and/or use google translate)

 متحف فلسطين للتاريخ الطبيعي: تحفيز البحث العلمي في كل ما يحيط بنا  د. مازن قمصية: كثير من الكائنات في فلسطين آخذة بالانقراض وعلينا التخلص من الاحتلال العقلي قبل الاحتلال السياسي

On Berlin Wall's collapse [25th] anniversary, Palestinians punch hole through West Bank [apartheid] wall



We could use volunteers (and partners) especially to prepare for the Science fair (20-29 November) at the museum. Call us at (970)2-277-3553

or email

or visit to see how you can help


Hollywood "stars" raise $33 millions for Israeli terrorists (and it is all tax-deductible) 

We are following up to build partnerships with our Palestine Museum of Natural History ( There was an interesting highlight when I was asked to join a demonstration at Chermin-Nobel plant that makes parts for "hellfire" missiles and exports weapons of human destruction to Israel. The growth of BDS has been a positive movement in Europe.

Video of me, Max Blumenthal, Mand Bassem Tamimi in Oslo Social Forum

Picture of me at the demo (text in Norwegian)


Suggestion for a new book title "Europe and Palestine: A history of collusion with colonialist Zionism, a future of cooperation for humanity"

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A lecture I gave earlier on human rights and the current situation in Palestine:

[My talks here were different in focusing on environmental challenges and our Palestine Museum of Natural History]
Interviewed in my lab (the introductory music is something else ;-)
This is a video about our earlier work (before we actually had a location for the Palestine museum of natural history)
Mazin Qumsiyeh
Professor and Director
Palestine Museum of Natural History

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